Payroll Processor Salary

Pay for Payroll Processors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.88 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.66 per hour and $21.45. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Payroll Processors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. For the most part, Payroll Processors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$29,586 - $49,633
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $39,333
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$11.66 - $21.45
(Median)
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$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,586 - $49,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,548  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,415 - $47,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $21.45  
   
Overtime
$20.22 - $31.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,548  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,415 - $47,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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Payroll Processors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Payroll Processor. The average Senior Payroll Processor brings home $46K per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Survey results imply that Payroll Processors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Payroll Processors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $33K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $36K on average. On average, Payroll Processors make $42K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $43K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 16%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 13%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 27%
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